Celebrity news

November 12, 2004

Hugh Grant says he's bored with acting

LONDON (AP) - Hugh Grant says he's lost interest in acting and is heading into retirement.

Grant, who plays heartthrob Daniel Cleaver in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," was quoted Thursday by the Evening Standard's Metro magazine as saying film acting is a "miserable experience."

"It's so long and boring and so difficult to get right," Grant said.

"I am sort of semiretired," he said. "I keep thinking I'm going to write a brilliant script."

Madonna kids' book: Wealth is overrated

LONDON (AP) - She's famed for being the Material Girl, but Madonna's next illustrated children's book is about how wealth is overrated.

"Lotsa de Casha" will be released next summer, the singer's publisher, Nicholas Callaway, said Wednesday.

"All the characters in the book will be animals, and Lotsa de Casha is an Italian greyhound who has all the money in the world but no happiness," said Callaway. "He thinks only of himself."


"Lotsa de Casha" will be the final installment in Madonna's five-book children's series for Callaway Editions.

She's now promoting her fourth book, "The Adventures of Abdi."

Johnny Carson gives millions to foundation

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Former "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson has given $5.3 million to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

The gift from Carson, an alumnus of the school, will support the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts' Department of Theatre Arts.

The money also will help renovate and expand the 100-year-old Temple Building. Plans call for a new black box theater and film soundstage, among other things.

"From the halls of the Temple Building to the studios of NBC, Johnny Carson has left an incredible legacy to the world of entertainment and television," Terry L. Fairfield, president and chief executive officer of the foundation, said in a statement.

"Through this generous gift, Johnny Carson creates another rich legacy to provide educational opportunities and possibilities for the next wave of actors, designers, writers and filmmakers at the University of Nebraska."

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